Hearts Reserves denied by late goal from Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele

A last-minute goal by Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele denied Hearts a share of the spoils as the Capital side were edged out 3-2 in a Reserve League clash at Cappielow.

Hearts midfielder Harry Cochrane competes with Celtic's Karamoko Dembele
Hearts midfielder Harry Cochrane competes with Celtic's Karamoko Dembele

The Jam Tarts found themselves two goals down after less than 15 minutes played.

Six minutes in, Dembele’s free-kick was headed across goal by Marvin Compper for Wallace Duffy to nod home from inside the six-yard box.

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And Compper powerfully headed Armstrong Oko-Flex’s corner into the net just eight minutes later to put Celtic two up.

Hearts pulled one back ten minutes after half-time when Lewis Moore collected the ball inside the box to curl a shot past Ryan Wallace in the Celtic goal.

Midfielder Andy Irving pulled the Jambos level on 64 minutes, scoring direct from a free-kick.

Dembele came close to putting Celtic back in front on 78 minutes but his powerful shot clipped the bar before going over.

However, the 16-year-old wasn’t to be denied as his free-kick from a tight angle found the back of the net in the final minute to give the hosts victory.

Celtic: Wallace, Duffy, Church, Welsh, Compper, McInroy, Dembele, McLaughlin, Bayo, Aitchison, Oko-Flex. Subs: Willison, Mazis, Diver, Coffey, Savoury, Caffrey, Robertson.

Hearts: Mason, Brandon, Shaughnessy, Hamilton, Burns, C Smith, Cochrane, Irving, Edwards, Moore, Henderson. Subs: Silva, Sandison, Mason, Logan, Ward, Makovora.

• This report was compiled via updates from the @CelticFCAcademy Twitter account.